The Handbook of Group Play Therapy: How to Do It, How It Works, Whom It's Best For / Edition 1

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Here is a comprehensive guide to of the the most effective and dynamic childhood intervention available to counselors, therapists, teachers, psychologists, and anyone who works with kids. This hands-on resource applies play therapy theory to a wide variety of group settings and gives therapists insight into treating special populations including sibling groups, children who have been abused, and children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Enter a child's world of communication with twenty-five of the country's leading play therapy experts as they guide you through a myriad of group play therapy approaches, issues, and techniques. The Handbook of Group Play Therapy gives therapists the tools they need to help children as they experience the exhilaration, fear, joy, and frustration in discovering the world around them as they learn about themselves and others.

"The authors have pinpointed a dynamic and developing area of therapeutic play. . . . a very valuable resource in working with children."-Robert C. Berg, professor and assistant chair, Department of Counseling, Development, and Higher Education, University of North Texas

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"A melding of theory and practice. Presents the reader withmuch-needed information about issues and techniques necessary forimplementing a play therapy group with specific populations ofchildren. How, why, when, and for whom to organize play therapygroups is made crystal clear. This book is must-reading for allplay therapists." (from the foreword, Garry L. Landreth, regentsprofessor and director, Center for Play Therapy, University ofNorth Texas)

"The authors have pinpointed a dynamic and developing area oftherapeutic play. . . . A very valuable resource in working withchildren." (Robert C. Berg, professor and assistant chair,Department of Counseling, Development, and Higher Education,University of North Texas)

"An up-to-the-minute authoritative book. This book is it. Sweeneyand Homeyer have provided a collection by first ratewriters/practitioners of all the current major methods in usetoday." (Louise Guerney, professor emerita, The Pennsylvania StateUniversity)

"This masterful book brings together leaders in the field of childtherapy. Sweeney and Homeyer's wisdom enchants, beguiles,nourishes, teaches, and inspires." (Beverly James, author ofTreating Traumatized Children and Guidelines for Treatment ofAttachment-Trauma Problems in Children)

A hands-on resource that helps anyone who works with kids to enter a child's world of communication. It applies play therapy theory to a wide variety of group settings and gives therapists insight into treating special populations including sibling groups, children who have been abused, and children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Sweeney (counseling, George Fox U.) and Homeyer (Southwest Texas State U.) present twenty contributions by play therapy experts who offer guidance through a myriad of play therapy approaches, issues, and techniques. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787948078
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/29/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,348,842
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL S. SWEENEY is assistant professor of counseling at George Fox University and the former assistant director of the Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas. LINDA E. HOMEYER is assistant professor at Southwest Texas State University and past president of the Texas Association for Play Therapy.

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Table of Contents




Group Play Therapy (D. Sweeney & L. Homeyer.

Play Group Therapy: A Theoretical Framework (H. Ginott).

Play Group Therapy for Young Children (S. Slavson).


The Freedom to Be: Child-Centered Group Play Therapy (G. Landreth& D. Sweeney).

Group Applications of Adlerian Play Therapy (T. Kottman).

The Invisible Village: Jungian Group Play Therapy (J.Bertoia).

Child, Protector, Confidant: Structured Group Ecosystemic PlayTherapy (K. O'Connor).

Circle Time in Developmental Play Therapy (V. Brody).

Group Play Therapy From a Gestalt Therapy Perspective (V.Oaklander).


Art in Group Play Therapy (L. Chapman & V. Appleton).

The Use of Structured Expressive Art Activities in Group ActivityTherapy for Preadolescents (S. Bratton & K. Ferebee).

Group Sandtray-Worldplay: New Dimensions in Sandplay Therapy (G. DeDomenico).

Relational Activity Play Therapy Groups (D. Smith & N.Smith).

Group Puppetry (S. Bratton & D. Ray).

Multicultural Considerations in Group Play Therapy (G.Glover).


Group Play With Sexually Abused Children (L. Homeyer).

Sibling Group Play Therapy (E. Oe).

Play Groups in Elementary School (J. White & M. Flynt).

Group Play: Wholeness and Healing for the Hospitalized Child (L.Lingnell & L. Dunn).

Group Play Therapy with Grieving Children (J. Le Vieux).

Suggested Reading.



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